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Life: A User's Manual (2001)

Jump Tomorrow (original title)
A young Nigerian man on the verge of being in an arranged marriage, suddenly questions his situation after an encounter with a stunning Latin woman, who is also about to be married.


Joel Hopkins


Joel Hopkins (screenplay), Joel Hopkins (short story "Jorge") | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tunde Adebimpe ... George Abiola
Raul A. Reyes ... Co-Worker
Alan Gryfe Alan Gryfe ... Teacher
Amy Sedaris ... Other Student in Class
Arthur Anderson ... Jeweler
Leisa Heintzelman Leisa Heintzelman ... Airport Official
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... George's Uncle
Natalia Verbeke ... Alicia
Hippolyte Girardot ... Gerard
Murielle Arden Murielle Arden ... Claudette Chadoutard
James Wilby ... Nathan
Kaili Vernoff ... Heather Leather
William Barry William Barry ... Compere
Carole Bayeux Carole Bayeux ... PVC Girl
Gene Ruffini Gene Ruffini ... Great Uncle


George, a passive and sometimes expressionless Nigerian, arrives at the Buffalo airport to meet the women his family has arranged for him to marry. He's late, she's gone on to Niagara Falls, so he has two days, traveling slowly and reluctantly, to get to the wedding. At the airport, he meets Alicia, a lively Latin, going with her boyfriend to see her family. George is smitten. Partly by happenstance, and partly by the designs of Gerard, a romantic and manic Frenchman George meets at the airport, his path crosses Alicia's a few times. As Gerard puts it, George should seize the chance to see what happens with Alicia - he can always jump tomorrow. Can George take on fate and custom? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Joel Hopkins Untitled See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,236, 8 July 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Remake of Jorge (1998) See more »


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Written by Mark Oliver Everett (as E) and Michael Simpson
Performed by Eels
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short sweet and to the point
25 October 2004 | by tracyoquinnSee all my reviews

This is an outstanding film, everyone gave a wonderful performance and they were obviously having a good time also. It did not have to compete with the set locations or special effects. The lead actor who played George had never acted before, are you kidding me? Hard to believe how much fun this movie was. If you have missed this movie you missed a comedy gold mine- like a certain cast member taking a bath in a champagne glass! This movie needs to be re-released or something, it did not get the credit it deserved.

As in reply to an earlier post, I do not think the story line referred to the wonders-of-a-Latin-American-family-making-your-life-worth-living as much as it showed how wrong it was to base all of your actions in your life on the opinions of family members that seemed more concerned with appearances than with you. Alicia's family was not worried about the fact that she was backpacking across the country with a pretentious, conceited white guy-that was her business. They were just glad that she was home and proud to share their home and culture with her friends. George could see this was how family was supposed to be and this was a safe place to open up. Also introduced him to more of Alicia's charms I must admit. But still all in all, she could have been Polish or Israeli for all that-it was still a welcoming family. Can they help it that Latin Americans are just more fun than your average Nigerian? (kidding!)

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